By Mo Cranker
Alberta Newspaper Group
The Bow Island Health Centre is now holding its annual Tree of Hope Campaign.
“The money goes to palliative care,” said health centre administrative assistant Maria Sprenkels. “Last year we managed to raise around $12,000 in the campaign and all of that money went to our palliative services.”
Sprenkles says all of the money raised through the campaign will stay in Bow Island to help with local needs.
“For every donation, lights on the tree get lit,” she said. “The coloured lights are for Christmas and holiday wishes — the blank lights are in memory of lights, where people make a donation in memory of someone.”
A pamphlet has been mailed to homes and businesses in the community where people can make a donation to the Tree of Hope Campaign and the health foundation also has forms that people can pick up and fill out to make a contribution.
“People who donated last year will be receiving a letter in the mail,” she said. “I just printed the forms off (Tuesday) but people can pick them up here or in the hospital.”
The health centre has one palliative care room and another that can be used for long-term care.
“We have the one for palliative care and another we can use — so we have two in a way,” she said.
Sprekles, who just started her job at the health centre, says the room is sometimes vacant but does see use as well.
More information on the program can be found by calling the Bow Island Health Centre at 403-545-3200 — or by stopping by at 938 Centre Street.